Although I haven’t experienced an American Thanksgiving for nearly 20 years, the day still means a lot to me. I remember Granny and Grampa coming up from California to be with us, the sense of time suspended, the bounteous table, and going for a walk in a peaceful neighbourhood afterwards. I can still hear my grandparents saying grace. Granny’s grace was always recited perfectly, but Grampa’s grace contained personalised variations: “And Lord, thank you for allowing us to be here in Portland, sharing this Thanksgiving dinner with Ruthanne and her family…”
Today isn’t a holiday in Aberdeen, but on Saturday we are hoping our son and his godfather will join us for Thanksgiving dinner. I will be making the pumpkin pie today, because it always tastes better after a day or two. And I don’t need to wait until Saturday to give thanks. Here are some of the things I am thankful for this year:
* so many people sending us good wishes and kind thoughts (not to mention books and book tokens) during the Dafter’s illness. She seems to be making progress, if slowly;
* the Dafter’s school working hard with us to find a way forward;
* all the love and laughter in our family, even when we are hard stretched;
* church, which has been such a help to me;
* knitting! Thank goodness for yarn and colour and making things;
* the fact that I’ve been able to keep my job over the past few months, and my colleagues’ understanding and help.
* music, from Dolly Parton to Bach to hymns;
* being able to live in beautiful Scotland;
* gardening: knowing that the first stirrings of spring are already in preparation deep in the earth;
* blogland! So many creative souls out there, and so many beautiful stories, photographs and creations to lose myself in;
* beautiful sunsets and skies, and winter stars to make a wish on;
* Christmas on the horizon: a time of deepest quiet and rest, and joyful celebration;
* the love of friends near and far. At the end of the day, it’s love that matters more than anything else.
I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving Day.